Cops: Person of interest in NSU professor's murder gets away in Tulsa chase, ditches car, 2-year-old

TULSA - Early Friday morning, Tulsa police and the OSBI were still actively searching for a person of interest in the murder of a Northeastern State University professor.

Joshua Schneider managed to evade capture after a midtown traffic stop quickly turned into a race through the city Thursday afternoon, eventually hitting at least two vehicles between 31st and 41st  and South Garnett Road, according to officials with OSBI and TPD.

The Broken Arrow 33-year-old was last seen driving northbound on US-169, police say.

Around 6:30 Thursday evening, TPD received a call regarding a silver Nissan sedan in the woods near US-169 and Pine, according to Tulsa police Sgt. Vic Regalado.

Upon finding the vehicle -- and the 2-year-old alone inside -- officers combed the area for two hours with no sign of Schneider, Regalado said. The toddler, who was unharmed, is now in protective custody.

Schneider and a "female friend" left the area on foot, according to OSBI. TPD deployed its helicopter and search dogs but have yet to find the pair.

Schneider is wanted on warrants for false declaration of property and violation to register as a sex offender. He was convicted of second-degree rape in 1999.  Investigators also want to question Schneider in the murder of an NSU professor.

Chemistry professor Dr. Tiffany Maher, 40, was found dead in her Tahlequah home in May 31. Maher's vehicle, which was missing from the home when officers found her body, was discovered at a Tulsa apartment complex days later.

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No one has been charged with the crime.

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